State Funding Helps Lycoming County Manufacturing Company Expand, Supporting Nearly 60 Jobs

first_img October 30, 2019 State Funding Helps Lycoming County Manufacturing Company Expand, Supporting Nearly 60 Jobs Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced Hermance Machine Company, a family-owned and operated manufacturer and distributor specializing in woodworking and wood product manufacturing equipment in Williamsport, Lycoming County, will expand, supporting the combined retention and creation of 57 full-time jobs in the area.“I am pleased that Hermance Machine Company has decided to expand its operations in the city where it began,” said Governor Wolf. “I look forward to the continued investments and opportunities that Hermance will bring to Lycoming County residents for years to come.”Hermance has outgrown its current space and is exploring several real estate options to accommodate the expansion. The company also plans to add two new product lines, increase showroom/demo space and inventory, and make improvements to its online storefront. The company has pledged to invest $3.16 million into the project, and has committed to create at least 20 new, full-time jobs and retain 37 existing jobs over the next three years.“This assistance, coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, will allow for continued growth and employment opportunities at Hermance Machine Company,” said co-owner of Hermance Machine Company Claire Strouse. “Additionally, our local Innovative Manufacturers’ Center personnel Russ Lawrence and Brenda Holdren were instrumental in assisting us to prepare and qualify for this opportunity.”Hermance Machine Company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for the project, which includes an $80,000 Pennsylvania First Grant, $40,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of new jobs, and a $16,200 workforce development grant to help the company train workers. The company was also encouraged to apply for a $2,650,000 loan through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA). The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.“Hermance Machine Company is committed to expanding and creating jobs in the commonwealth,” said Director of Innovation for Innovative Manufacturers’ Center Russ Lawrence. “The Governor’s Action Team’s support will significantly advance Hermance’s growth and ability to offer valuable technology solutions that will support the success of other area manufacturers.”For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit the DCED website, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Queen Makisha wants gender equality in Calypso competitions

first_imgLocalNews Queen Makisha wants gender equality in Calypso competitions by: – February 11, 2012 Share Share Sharing is caring! 21 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Share Queen Makisha. Photo credit: vistandpoint.comDominican born Calypsonian Makisha “Queen Makisha” Gordon who has copped the calypso monarch title four times in the British Virgin Island says there is a place for women in the arena.There has been criticism that women should find their own place in the male dominated arena, however she noted that in this art form, women and men are equal.“I think that was back in the days and it’s a different time now. Before it was a male dominated arena and as you can see now, women are taking their place. Some men feel that the arena is there’s but they need to get away from that,” she said.She said she uses Calypso to highlight issues affecting women and children within society. “I like singing about issues affecting the nation, issues affecting women, children, social issues, political issues. Calypso is used to express oneself about issues and that’s exactly what I am doing,” he insists.Queen Makisha hails from the community of Marigot but migrated to the BVI at the age of ten.She is on island to perform at a Calypso Hall of Fame Concert scheduled to take place at the Harlem Plaza on Saturday.Tickets cost $20.00 in advance, $30.00 at the door and the proceeds will go towards defraying the cost of hosting the event.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more